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We would like to welcome advertiser Niamh O’Connor of Urban Threads to whipup.net today, to feature her business and to offer a fantastic giveaway to our readers.

Urban Threads was created for those looking for embroidery designs they couldn’t find anywhere else – everything from tattoos and steampunk to pagan designs and all-out geekery. Our goal is to not only reach that audience of stitchers who previously couldn’t find things they wanted, but to introduce it to a whole new audience of people who might not have even looked at machine embroidery before because of their assumptions of what it was, or what it could do. Also, we one day hope to achieve world domination through embroidery. Not sure how yet, but we’re working on it.

Where to find Urban Threads online: Shop :: Stitch Punk Blog

Tell us what led you to the work you do today?

I went to school for illustration, and through college got an internship at a machine embroidery company. I loved drawing stuff every day, but I wasn’t drawing the kind of things I was really in to. I figured there had to be a whole audience of crafters like me who wanted different kinds of designs than those that were typically offered by the industry. As it turns out, there are a whole bunch of embroiderers out there who prefer skulls to floral samplers. It’s been so much fun to discover a whole new audience for the medium.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

Our customers! It’s so great to see what is inspiring them and the DIY community. We get requests all the time for all kinds of crazy cool ideas. It’s a great way to see just what your audience wants. For instance, we started doing steampunk designs once in awhile, and through customer requests and ideas it’s expanded into one of our best selling themes! They always seem to have a new idea of what to add gears to.

 What are you doing to be a more eco friendly business?

The nice thing about being an entirely digital business is that you don’t have any of the waste of printing, storing, packaging, shipping… any of it! Our product is entirley digital and thus doesn’t create any excess material. We stitch each product once for quality and scanning, and after that it just lives in cyberspace! It also means more time for us to draw and design and create when we’re not messing with the physical side of producing and distributing a product.

Also, one of our favorite things to do in tutorials is up-cycling! Embroidery is a great way of bringing new life to an old garment, so we show people how to cut things apart and put them back together as something new and fun.

Today Urban Threads  are offering a prize of a $50 gift certificate to one lucky Whipup.net reader. So please leave a comment here to be in the running to win. You have 72 hours to enter. Winner will be chosen at random, announced here and contacted via email. Good luck!  Congratulations to Margi!

Urban Threads has just this week released Dark Fairytale embroidery designs, and these will be on sale until the 5th of September.

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We would like to welcome advertiser Nigel Cooper of Bright Star Kids to Whipup.net today, to feature his business and to offer a fantastic giveaway to our readers. Bright Star Kids is based in Wollongong, Australia.

You can buy the best quality name labels and wall art online direct from Bright Star Kids. We offer free shipping within Australia on most products, and as we dispatch them within 2 days, this means you’ll receive them in super quick time. View our entire range at www.brightstarkids.com.au

Where to find Bright Star Kids online: wall art:: name labels:: kids labels:: wall stickers

How did you start out with your business?

This business was started back in 2005 in the Creative Arts department of Wollongong University. Over five years it has blossomed into one of the most popular label and wall art companies within Australia.  From listening to our customers perspective we have added and redesigned lots of our products, which allows us to continually keep our brand fresh and exciting.

What is the most challenging part of your business?

We love all aspects of running this business, especially helping our customers to find the right product for their needs. So the most challenging part of our business is spreading the word so we really appreciate when people help to tell their friends about us and what we do.

What is your dream for the future of your business?

We will expand our range of high quality designed wall art and labels for kids and around the home. Our main focus will always be within Australia but in the near future we will branch out into the US, Europe and Asia. We have always enjoyed giving back to community groups, and we endeavor to expand this by working closely with a children’s charity whose goals and vision are linked with Bright Star Kids in the near future.

Today Bright Star Kids are offering a prize of a $40 gift voucher to one lucky Whipup.net reader. So please leave a comment here to be in the running to win. You have 48 hours to enter. Winner will be chosen at random, announced here and contacted via email. Good luck!

Congratulations to Kirsten N! 

If you would like your business to be featured in a future Giveaway Post, visit our advertising page or email us at advertising[at]whipup[dot]net.

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We would like to welcome advertiser Tonia Levens of Fashionable Fabrics to whipup.net today, to feature her business and to offer a fantastic giveaway to our readers. 

Fashionable Fabrics was started in 2004 as a dream to provide fashion forward novelty fabrics to crafters and seamstresses. As crafters ourselves, we were often frustrated that we could not find all of our favorite designer novelty fabrics in one location. Very few of these fabrics can be found in the large fabric retail chains. This resulted in the birth of our website. We have a strong passion for what we do and we promise to provide you with the best quality products we are able to find.

Where else to find Fashionable Fabrics online: Shop :: Facebook :: Twitter: @fashionablefabrics :: Newsletter Sign-up

Fashionable fabrics answered a few questions for us … 
What are you most excited about in your business right now?
We are so excited to see our business grow. We purchased the domain 2 years ago and completely made it our own.  We recently had to expand the “cutting room” to accommodate our growing inventory. We are still in the process of moving back into the space. I’m excited that we are able to offer a range of wonderful fabrics, sewing patterns, and notions at lower prices than brick and mortar and other online shops. What’s most exciting, is to read the comments customers leave us about how happy they are when they find our shop. It makes the countless hours of work feel worthwhile.
What was your inspiration to start your own business?
I liked to sew as a child but began using sewing as therapy then it turned into a passion. I was purchasing so much fabric it only made sense to start a fabric shop. An online shop was a perfect fit for Dennis and I. Since we have 2 young boys an online shop allows us to be flexible with our hours and work from home. I take care of the creative side of the business and since Dennis is a computer engineer he takes care of all things technical.  It is a perfect fit for our family
How do you balance work and family?
Balancing work and family can be a challenge. I could honestly work 24/7 on the site but I have to limit myself to hours that least interfere with my family. My priorities are God, family, then work. If I keep my priorities straight it all seems to work out.

What is next for your business?

We would love to be able to make our site completely customizable so that we can offer customers the option of different size cuts from 1/4 yard to full yards. We continually try to improve the site to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible to use.

Today Fashionable Fabrics are offering a prize of one $50 gift certificate to one lucky Whipup.net reader. So please leave a comment here to be in the running to win. You have 48 hours to enter. Winner will be chosen at random, announced here and contacted via email. Good luck!

Congratulations to Heather, who was randomly selected to win the $50 gift certificate for Fashionable Fabrics.  Thanks to everyone who left a comment.  Our next sponsored giveaway post will be this Sunday, 14th of August.

In addition Fashionable Fabrics offering a discount coupon to whipup.net readers  Use coupon code FFSew20 during checkout for 20% discount on all sewing patterns until the 21st of August 2011.

If you would like your business to be featured in a future Giveaway Post, visit our advertising page or email us at advertising[at]whipup[dot]net.

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ThisandThatFromJapan.etsy.com

Lisa from etsy shop this and that from Japan is kindly giving whipup readers the chance to win one of 3 $25 vouchers to her very cute etsy shop + she is offering whipup readers 15% discount on fabric orders over $25 (excluding shipping). Just mention whipup when checking out to receive your discount.

ThisandThatFromJapan.etsy.com stocks a huge range of Japanese fabric and stamps and other craft supplies (just a few pictured above). You have 48 hours to leave a comment on your fave Japanese fabric. entries closed: winners are: Giselle, Heather and Meg – congrats girls – you have been contacted via email.

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Fridah Mwenda has a Fabric shop on etsy specialising in cute Japanese Fabric.

She is offering 2 Whipup readers a $50 gift certificate to spend in her shop.

I love this shop and wanted to find out more about it.

Fabric giveaway

Fridah where are you located?
I moved to Singapore, the fabulous Red Dot with my family 5 years ago. I was a little apprehensive at first about the move to such a ‘faraway’ place… but this dynamic little city state is truly rich in color, diversity and culture.

How long have your been interested in Japanese crafts
I started out selling handmade jewelry in 2006 but realised that the market was too saturated. In my search for a new venture I stumbled the most adorable fabric I’d ever seen. I knew I had to get some. When I destashed the extra fabric I had purchased. When that sold in a matter of minutes I realised there was a huge market for Japanese fabric and crafts that I could fill.

What is your favourite Japanese crafts
The numerous unique craft supplies and tools are my favourite crafts items. Japanese have a way of making everything so simple to make or create. If you need to twist, fold, bend, carve, roll, whatever… there is probably a simple neat… and adorable tool somewhere for it. It doesn’t matter if you can’t read Japanese, the instructions are visual.

What is your most popular line
The Kokka and Lecien Cotton Linen collections have always had a good market. Recently however with the explosion of the Matryoshka trend, the collection of Matryoshka dolls from Cosmo Textiles have been highly popular.

What fabrics do you specialise in and what will you be stocking in the near future
I specialise in Japanese print fabric of the kawaii (cute/adorable in Japanese) kind, mainly in cotton and cotton/linen blends from Kokka, Cosmo-Textiles and Lecien. Mainly character prints that depict animals, anime characters, people, vegetables, etc.

In future I plan to bring in more traditional Japanese patterns, flowers and motifs. I am also thinking of dabbling in a bit of chirimen, kimono pattern prints and other Japanese designers like Shinzo Katoh, Mico Ogura’s Ecrulat and Puti De Pome, Etsuko Furaya and Naomi Ito

Thank you Fridah – to win one of these $50 vouchers please leave a comment with your favourite Japanese tool or fabric that you have used or are dying to try out. Comments open for 48 hours. Comments are now closed – winners will be contacted in the next few days – thank you everyone for entering.

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